With Clyde Billington
In this program we take a look at some of the news digest items from the Winter issue of ARTIFAX magazine that has just been published. The news items involve the discovery of a seal impression from King Hezekiah’s official seal (pictured), as well as the discovery of an Iron Age Farmhouse and a Byzantine monastery at Rosh Ha-‘Ayin (near Tel Aphek where I volunteered on an excavation in 1978), and the discovery of a Canaanite citadel at Nahariya, on the coast north of Akko.
With Todd Bolen
It’s always fun to look back at the end of the year and see how Biblical Archaeology has opened up new perspectives on the biblical world. This year it was not just the discoveries of the year, but how discoveries from previous years were finally realized. Many of our Top 10 items were discovered decades ago, but their significance was only now becoming apparent in 2015. Once again I was joined by Todd Bolen, the editor of Bibleplaces.com, to discuss the news stories of 2015. And our top item on the list highlighted the work of University of Wisconsin alumnus Brent Seales, now a computer science professor at the University of Kentucky. His software developments could open the way for the reading of many more ancient texts, such as the carbonized scroll of Leviticus from the Engedi synagogue that we reported on this year.
With Todd Bolen
The City of David area of Jerusalem has become must see territory for Christian pilgrims in recent years, following all of the recent archaeology that has been done there. In addition, a lot of work has been done to make the finds easily accessible to visitors.A lot of what can be seen there is underground.
With Patrick Geyer
Tel Aviv University archaeologists worked with an archaeobotanist to find ancient pollen preserved in the plaster of ancient walls, to determine what plants were planted in a royal garden at Ramat Rachel, the site of a palace of the Judean Kings from Hezekiah through the Hasmonean period. The second part of this program is a 1996 interview with palynologist Patrick Geyer of the University of San Diego, on how he does his pollen research at Bethsaida and other sites.
With Prof. Keith Schoville
Another round-up of the latest news in Biblical Archaeology: a Temple Mount theory from Israel Finkelstein (and a hush-hush report from the Israeli Comptroller’s office), The Acra Fortress, Hezekiah’s Pool is not the pool at the end of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, and Tel Shikmona just might have the most perfect four-room house discovered by Israeli archaeologists twice.